My doctor has recommended that I have my hiatal hernia repaired. I am waiting to see a surgeon. Is this a good idea, and what should I ask the surgeon?
Although rarely necessary, at times, surgical repair of a hiatal hernia is the right choice in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease . There are two types of hiatal hernia. In the much more common, sliding hernia, in which the stomach slides below the esophagus into the chest, medical therapy usually is very effective. The paraesophageal hernia, in which the stomach herniates next to the esophagus, is usually managed surgery. This is because of the potentially life-threatening complication of strangulation. When surgery is considered, it is best to see a surgeon that performs the procedure laparoscopically, if it is possible. Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery involves reinforcing the valve between the esophagus and the stomach by wrapping the upper portion of the stomach around the lowest portion of the esophagus. Using on...
Fundoplication; Anti-reflux surgery
Expectations after surgery
Hiatal hernia repair is a safe, effective operation. Reflux is greatly reduced or eliminated in 95% of patients.
Patients who have laparoscopic surgery typically spend 1 to 3 days in hospital. Those who have open surgery may spent 2 to 6 days in the hospital after the procedure.
During surgery, a tube was placed into the stomach through the nose and throat (nasogastric tube). Some surgeons like to leave the tube in for a few days after the procedure, while others do not.
Eat small, frequent meals after the surgery and avoid gas-producing foods.
Most patients go back to work in 2-3 weeks for laparoscopic surgery, or 4-6 weeks after open surgery.
A hernia is usually a sac formed by the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). The sac comes through a hole or weak area in the fascia, the strong layer of the abdominal wall that surrounds the muscle.
The types of hernias are based on where they occur:
appears as a bulge in the upper thigh. This type is more common in women than men.
occurs in the upper part of the stomach.
Incisional hernia can occur through a scar if you have had abdominal surgery in the past.
Inguinal hernia appears as a bulge in the groin. This type is more common in men than women. The bulge may go all the way down into the scrotum.
appears as a bulge around the belly button. It occurs when the muscle around the navel doesn't close completely.
Hernia - inguinal; Inguinal hernia; Rupture; Strangulation; Incarceration
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